NJ...........I have owned a brinkman I bought from home depot may years ago, and used it last week to smoke 2 racks of swift brand baby backs
BIG TIME YUM YUM............definitely line your water pan with foil.........trust me here. I also, lined the very bottom of the unit where the heating element is. I don't know if yours comes with lava rock, but I suggest not piling anything that will touch the heater . Try not to use an extension cord over 20 feet, or you could, burn out the heating element sooner. When you run power out to far, the voltage goes down, and the amperage goes up. This is what burns out allotta fun toys us guys own..............Place wood chucks, between the heating element not ON it.
if you have 2 shelves, loosely cover the food that may be on the lower shelf, or it becomes the dripping catch.......not good. First try maybe do somethun on the upper grill???